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  1. Kath Lockett

    Oh he’s such a cutie (as were you, too). Does he have a blog? What does he do now that he’s no longer an active member of ‘the Smarties’ and is grown up?

  2. Fiona

    Aww love people like that.

  3. Agnes

    zomg! You cooked food! And ate it with wine?! I think this friend is a good influence. Yay for Robert!

  4. whisperinggums

    Yay for friends who are there for the long haul. They are to be treasured.
    Make new friends/but keep the old/One is silver/the other is gold.

  5. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I wish I had a friend like that! My early childhood friends all turned out to develop into such a different direction that we don’t have anything in common any more. I’m still friends with them on Facebook, but I don’t have any further contact with them. (My best childhood friend lives in Australia now, btw, and his wife is from Australia.)

    It took until I was 25 to find my first real friends – people I love for their personalities, and who somehow love me for mine. Two or three of them feel like as if I’d known them for all times. 🙂

    Whee, there’s really kangaroo in your soup? I actually don’t assiciate kangaroos with eating them up. Hm. Looks good, though! Suppose it tasted good, too! 🙂

  6. Johanna GGG

    isn’t it strange what seems quite ok as a child that can horrify us if we treated others the same way as an adult! I agree that old friends are special – kudos to you for still having some around

    it is funny that you were serving chilli con carne to a friend as when a work colleague asked what to serve some friends recently that is exactly what I suggested! Snap!

  7. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    Kangaroo mince?? So, what I’ve heard about you Aussies is true… 😛

  8. Simply Life

    all these pictures are adorable – sounds like a great friendship!

  9. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    That sounds great! I actually don’t mind kangaroo although I don’t normally eat meat. I like the gamey taste of it though!

  10. Vaala ◪

    This post reminded me of my best friend B and it made me tear up a little because I miss him so much (he just moved to Sydney a few weeks ago). Best friends who know you inside out are truly awesome.

  11. Lorraine Not Quite Nigella

    hehe what a great friend! You two look like such. Cute couple! Or is it strictly friendS? Sorry did I just ask an embarrassing mum type of question? 😛

  12. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    It’s wonderful to have those friends who (a) have been around forever and (b) aren’t going anywhere. What a blessing.

    Kangaroo? I’m not ready for that. (oh my!)

  13. Ellie@fitforthesoul

    how cute is that! haha i lavaaa those photos of you two ALWAYS next to each other. 😀 it seems awesome growing up with the same good friends! At least I keep in touch with my childhood friends in Argentina. 🙂 have a great day!!

  14. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    A thousand times yes for this recipe! Chilli con Conor, it should be named! Not really, that’s erribly presumptive of me. Ooh I missed out the t in terribly and now it’s making me of ‘enry ‘iggins and now I’m talking in my head with a very Pygmalion type accent (pre change).

    I’m glad you have Robert in your life. It makes me feel better about being so far away 🙂

  15. Libby

    I was going to ask you the same question Lorraine asked you (about Robert) :p

    I love love love chilli con carne, though not so much kangaroo meat *sad face*

  16. msihua

    Ooo.. can I sticky beak too and ask the same question that Lorraine and Libby asked?

    Love how you made this with kangaroo mince… I wish we could get it here… the last time I had really delicious kangaroo was somewhere in the Grampians and it was in a kebab.. yummm!

  17. Camille

    Aw. Lifelong friends are the best. Also, your photo dated 1999 in which you are clearly a child makes me feel very old.

  18. Anna Johnston

    I’m running late for work (story of my life) but when I saw this title, I just knew you’d randomly wander off into some story….., you did 🙂 Cool buddy Hannah…. its so good to stay in touch with childhood friends, isn’t it amazing to see them all grown up & getting into their lives 🙂
    Nice dish too….I should use a little more ‘roo’ but I never do. Mmmm, much to ponder there.
    Aaahhh yes… work, that’s right!!!!!! Seeya 🙂

  19. Rach

    This is so cute! And that soup looks great!

  20. Toni

    Thanks for sharing this recipe – it looks delicious! My husband is going to love this!

  21. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Awe what a sweet post! But Hannah, you seriously need to stop posting pics of you as a child. It is just simply far too cute and I cannot handle it anymore! I am sorry. Especially ones of you in a bonnet 🙂
    Heidi xo

  22. Susan

    lol I love all your old photos and your group the smarties, hilarious. I think I have made this soup from Kalyn’s site before. Very very good, especially with lots of cheese!

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  25. SeattleDee

    Kangaroo mince?!? Really?!? That ingredient stopped me in my tracks. I’m struggle to locate ground buffalo meat locally, and can’t imagine trying to source kangaroo. Is it routinely available in your shops?